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Assistant Director of Finance

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Denver, CO
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University of Colorado | CU Anschutz Medical Campus

Department: Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Job Title: Assistant Director of Finance

Position #218452 – Requisition #21657

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The University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment.  We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

Who We Are:

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a public education, clinical and research facility serving 4,500 students, and a world-class medical destination at the forefront of life-changing science, medicine, and healthcare. CU Anschutz offers more than 42 highly rated degree programs through 6 schools and colleges, and receives over $500 million in research awards each year. We are the single largest health professions education provider in Colorado, awarding nearly 1,450 degrees annually. Powered by our award-winning faculty, renowned researchers and a reputation for academic excellence, the CU Anschutz Medical Campus drives innovation from the classroom to the laboratory to the delivery of unparalleled patient care. Read CU Anschutz Quick Facts here.

The Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SSPPS) at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (CU AMC) has an opening for a full-time Assistant Director of Finance position. 

Job Summary:

The Assistant Director of Finance is a professional exempt staff position reporting directly to the Associate Dean for Finance and Budget (ADFB).  Responsibilities of this position are: ensures efficient day-to-day financial operations in the school; serves as a resource to the deans, faculty, staff and students of the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SSPPS) for financial information; clarifies, interprets and trains others on financial and policy issues; functions as the staff authority in the school regarding fiscal policy; insures school accounts are in compliance with federal, state, campus, school and granting agency policies and procedures; represents the school on fiscal policy matters; remains up-to-date with any changes or new procedures in federal, state and campus fiscal requirements, policies and procedures; utilizes accounting principles to compile, create and complete financial reports in support of management decisions; makes management decisions as the authorizing official in the school for the ACARD procurement program; and serves as the SSPPS representative on various Anschutz Medical Campus, University and external offices and committees. This position is responsible for the oversight of all financial accounts, including grants and contracts for the school, and has the responsibility for providing oversight of the Dean’s Office financial operations, including central school-wide oversight of all sensitive expenditures. In addition, this position is expected to provide strategic financial management recommendations for the school.  Finally, this position is delegated with the authority to act on behalf of the ADFB and lead the finance team.

Examples of Work Performed:

  • Advises and supports the ADFB, which includes acting on behalf of the associate dean with independent decision-making responsibilities. 
  • Responsible for day-to-day operation of the school’s financial administration including accounting and financial transactions. Position must ‘set a tone’ of fiscal compliance for SSPPS leading by example and influencing others, including faculty.
  • Develops and implements strong, effective internal controls within individual units as well as within finance functional area.
  • Provides expertise, training and mentoring on all budget reporting and financial matters.
  • Oversight and responsibility for reviewing and approving sensitive expenditures and official functions. Responsible for making decisions and judgement calls or recommendations to ADFB on appropriate use of funds.
  • Serves as the school’s staff authority on fiscal policies, procedures and best practices.  Ensures the school is in compliance with all relevant campus, university, state and granting agency fiscal policies and procedures.
  • Develops, implements, evaluates and revises financial operations to ensure fiscal and programmatic effectiveness.  Instructs SSPPS personnel on financial process and procedure.  Ensure compliance using both training and enforcement, when required.
  • Assists ADFB with development of financial reporting and forecasting; analyzes financial data; provides oversight of scheduled and ad hoc fiscal reporting activities within finance unit; anticipates and solves problems, recommends and implements strategies and actions.
  • Controls and monitors revenue and expenditure activity in school’s accounts. Ensures finance unit uses accurate, timely and effective tracking of fiscal activities and specific external contracts (i.e., clinical and FFS contracts).
  • Provides school oversight for grants accounting, including procurement, allowable expense, compliance and reporting, generally accepted accounting standards, and serves as school liaison with the Associate Vice Chancellor – Financial Services & Controller for all sponsored research activities.
  • Remains current with all relevant university, state, federal and granting agency policies, rules and requirements. Evaluates changing issues/policies and the impact on the school’s program plans and activities.  Ensures timely and effective communication across SSPPS as appropriate.
  • Examines current procedures of a specific program or policy and formulates alternatives and/or dictates solutions including new action plans.
  • Provides expertise, training and mentoring on all financial and accounting concepts as well as reporting matters.
  • Manages the finance team under the direction of the Associate Dean of Budget and Finance, which includes supervising a full-time finance manager and a senior finance and accounting professionals.  Supervision responsibilities include all aspects of performance management, such as conducting evaluations, resolving disputes, and training as well as coaching and understanding of the unit and school’s mission, goals and priorities. 
  • Works with internal and external stakeholders in a manner which is collaborative, respectful and helpful and which, by these actions, postures the dean’s office as well as the school in a positive light for those interacting with this position. 
This description is a summary only and is describing the general level of work being performed, it is not intended to be all-inclusive. The duties of this position may change from time to time and/or based on business need. We reserve the right to add or delete duties and responsibilities at the discretion of the supervisor and/or hiring authority.

Salary and Benefits:

  • The salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established at $74,060 - $105,000
  • The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.
  • The above salary range (or hiring range) represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.
  • This position is not eligible for overtime compensation.
  • Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.
Diversity and Equity:

  • The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at [email protected]
  • The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.
  • The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in business administration, finance, accounting or closely related field.  Comparable professional level experience may be substituted for the degree requirement on a year-for-year basis
  • At least five (5) years of progressively responsible financial, budgetary, and administrative experience in an institution of higher education is required
  • At least three (3) years of supervisory experience.
Preferred Qualifications:

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master’s degree in business administration, finance, accounting or closely related field
  • Proficiency in business information systems applications, such as Peoplesoft, Concur and Marketplace
  • Senior level financial administration experience at an academic health center
  • Experience working with specified systems, such as CU-Data, PeopleSoft Fin, CU-SIS, CU Foundation Reporting
  • Senior level financial administration or equivocal experience at an academic institute of higher education
  • Knowledge of higher education financial policies and procedures

  • Broad fiscal knowledge to utilize data from a variety of sources, through various reporting and analysis platforms, to facilitate reporting, presenting varying perspectives and options for decision-making.
  • Ability to navigate the complexities of a multi-unit academic clinical and research center environment, while understanding the nuances and intricacies of multi-platform fund accounting. 
  • Ability to function independently in a responsible and timely manner.
  • A thorough understanding of administrative, budgetary and fiscal principles and best practices in a higher education setting.
  • Ability to analyze and evaluate financial and statistical information in order to project and oversee the schools finances.
  • Ability to accept equivocal circumstances and take action where answers to a problem are not readily apparent.
  • Ability to influence individuals to comply with regulations, policies and rules, build consensus and influence decisions across the organization.
  • Ability to anticipate and conceptualize fiscal issues and to develop and implement action plans.
  • Ability to interact and communicate effectively with professional, administrative and other personnel throughout the organization, both orally and in written form.

Job Category: Finance and Accounting
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Jun 11, 2021
Unposting Date: Jul 3, 2021, 12:59:00 AM
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